As is clearly shown by abstinence spokes-teenage-mother Bristol Palin, abstinence-only education is the absolutely very best path for our children to start lucrative reality TV dancing careers. It's only drawback is that it's pretty much worthless at stopping little kids from growing littler kids from growing inside their stomachs.
With that nitpicky little detail in mind, Rep. Barbara Lee and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (baby-hating Democrats the both them) think maybe we should stop sinking billions of dollars into it…
A pair of Democrats introduced legislation in the House and Senate Tuesday to cut off funding for abstinence-only sexual education, which they said had wasted more than $1.5 billion over the last 15 years…
"We need to get serious about educating our young people about sex," added Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the House sponsor. "Abstinence-only programs fail to address the challenge of unplanned pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections among our youth, which have reached a critical level."
The bill, known as the Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act, would redirect $50 million spent annually on abstinence-only sexual education to "evidence-based, comprehensive sex education programs," according to a release from Lautenberg. The release cites as evidence that abstinence education doesn't work the relatively high teen pregnancy rate in the United States as well as the HIV infection rate among those under the age of 29.
Too bad they didn't introduce it last year when there was a sliver of an iota of a fraction of a scintilla's chance of it ever making it through congress.
But hey, cool sentiment, bro!
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